Study reveals link between variations in immune-system proteins and CFS

Study reveals link between variations in immune-system proteins and CFS

A team of researchers has spotted a strong link between variations in seventeen immune-system signaling proteins and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is also known as myalgic encephomyelitis (ME).

The researchers also found evidence that inflammation is a key driver of ME/CFS, which has eluded researchers for decades.

Senior author Mark Davis, a professor of immunology & microbiology, said that their study showed that it an inflammatory disease.

Sharing findings of the study, Davis said, “There’s been a great deal of controversy and confusion surrounding ME/CFS—even whether it is an actual disease. Our findings show clearly that it’s an inflammatory disease and provide a solid basis for a diagnostic blood test.”

In the U.S. alone, more than 1 million people are in the grip of ME/CFS, which currently has no known cure. This disorder typically hits adolescents between the ages of 15 and 20, and adults between 30 and 35, and may persist for decades.

The findings of the new study, which has been detailed in the latest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are expected to help improve the diagnosis as well as treatment of the disorder.

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